As we hoped, Marvel confirmed at Comic Con that the Captain America sequel will be titled “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, an awesome, fanboy pleasing film title which confirms the direction of what we had expected the follow-up to go down in.
The Winter Soldier is of course a storyline Marvel fans will be very familiar with and without spoiling anything (the trailer and plot synopsis will tell you more than I’m going to reveal below) the film will see the return of Bucky Barnes (played by Sebastien Stan), Cap’s best friend and fellow WWII soldier who was thought to have been killed when he fell from that train in last year’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
The comics storyline followed a Russian patrol submarine finding Bucky’s cold-preserved body in the snow, minus an arm and when they revived him in Moscow, it is diagnosed that he is suffering from amnesia. They give him a bionic arm and they program him to become a Soviet Assassin for Department X (under the codename Winter Soldier), becoming a ruthless killer in the name of the Russian state. He is kept on cryogenic stasis when not on missions, so has only aged a few years in over half a century.
All of this will undoubtedly be in the sequel for how Bucky enters the contemporary world and can square off against Captain America (Chris Evans) again in the future.
We imagine Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and S.H.I.E.L.D. will have been tracking the Winter Soldier for years (i.e. – his missions post-World War II for Russia) but doesn’t know it’s Bucky Barnes. In the comics he also had a relationship with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) which we guess could be played up and make for some interesting intrigue. Perhaps this is why Scarlett Johansson is not in the currently filming Iron Man 3, instead crossing over into Captain America 2 instwad.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (NOTE – no numerical titles there… makes you wish the Iron Man sequels got cool sub-headings) will hit theatres April 4th, 2014 and we can expect to hear some more concrete details by the end of the year. It will be directed by Anthony & Joe Russo, two comedy directors responsible for You, Me and Dupree and Welcome to Colinwood …. which has us a little terrified quite honestly and we mourn the fact Joe Johnston isn’t returning… but they couldn’t have picked a better and more logical follow-up after the first film.